I am the planning stages of upgrading my paludarium.
To anyone interested in checking out the old paludarium and seeing the dimensions/design of the tank here is a link:
So the front pane of glass is 18" tall and the back is 28" I would like to use the rule of thirds and either have it 1/3 or 2/3 full. It seems like most paludarium layouts have a shallow water area and this seems to lend itself to a more dramatic design (Although I have never been one to not go against the grain).
I am planning or having a sump that will hold at least 5 additional gallons of water. Using the rule of thirds based on the front pane of glass I would either have 6" or 12" of water, given the tanks dimensions (36" L X 20" W) this would give me either ~ 24 gallons or 42.5 gallons. Using the back pane of glass I would only have it filled 1/3 with water and that would be 9" and would give me ~ 33 gallons.
I am torn because I want to make the most dramatic scape possible but also like to have a good quantity of fish (although when it comes down to it the scape will come first.)
The question I have are:
1. Perspective wise and given the unique shape of the tank would it be best to apply the rule of thirds to the front or back pane of glass? (I think I already know the answer to this and it's the front pane but would like to hear others input)
2. Is the general consensus that a paludarium with a shallow water portion makes for a more dramatic scape?
3. Does this post make sense to anyone other than me?